On Friday in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Mats Zuccarello recorded a hat trick, an assist, and helped the Minnesota Wild defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1. Blackhawks vs Wild NHL Scores Highlights 16 Dec 2022
The Wild have won their previous six home games and are 4-0-0 in their last four contests. The win on Friday also made Minnesota’s winning streak against the Blackhawks, which dates back to the 2019–20 season, seven games long (7–0).
With four points, Zuccarello tied a record and became the fourth player in his 13 NHL seasons to do it. The forward recorded his second hat trick of his career with a goal on a 5-on-5, a goal on the power play, and an empty-net goal.
Zuccarello is on a nine-game point run with 14 points (six goals, eight assists).
Sam Steel provided two assists, and Kirill Kaprizov scored a goal and provided two assists for Minnesota.
At 8:27 in the third period, Jonathan Toews scored on a power play to give Chicago the lead.
The Blackhawks have lost their past six regular games and are 1-13-1 in their previous 15 games. Chicago has lost six straight games, including two by shutout, while only scoring six goals. The NHL team with the fewest goals this season is the Chicago Blackhawks with 67.
Marc-Andre Fleury of Minnesota, who stopped 29 out of 30 shots, added to the Blackhawks’ scoring problems. Fleury, who last year played for Chicago, picked up his 11th victory.
4:54 into the first period, Zuccarello connected on a beautiful pass through the slot from. Kaprizov to give the Wild the lead.
At 8:32 of the second period, the two linemates worked together once more, this time with. Zuccarello providing an assist on a goal by Kaprizov. Petr Mrazek, the goaltender for Chicago, was unable to fully manage a loose puck beneath his body, and. Kaprizov was able to add the finishing touch for his 18th goal of the year.
In his last 18 games, Kaprizov has recorded at least one point in 17 of them. Totaling 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) during that time.